Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Amanda and Elyot know will inevitably happen?

2. At the end of Act II, what happens during the fight over the gramophone?

3. In Act II, what does Amanda reveal to Elyot that first begins to upset him?

4. What do Amanda and Elyot keep doing to the gramophone?

5. What is prominently displayed in Amanda's flat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

2. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

3. What are Amanda's beliefs?

4. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

5. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

6. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

7. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

8. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

9. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

10. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The stage directions and dialogue are very direct with how the characters should look. Discuss the physical characteristics, clothing, and age of each character and how it reflects upon each character. Why is it important that Sibyl is seven years younger than Elyot or that Victor is in his mid-thirties? What about the difference in costuming between Amanda and Sibyl? How do the characters appear to each other?

Essay Topic 2

Elyot tells Victor that there is no point in fighting each other, as it never solves anything. However, Elyot and Amanda had, just the night before, fought each other violently. Why does Elyot believe that fighting Victor is pointless, but still fights with Amanda? For example, is it a matter of respect, love, or cowardice? Cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Amanda and Elyot have a deep, involved history of being passionately in love and being just as violently hateful toward each other.

1) Compare and contrast the relationship between Amanda and Elyot versus their relationships with Victor and Sibyl. Discuss the similarities and differences using specific examples from the script.

2) How do you believe the new marriages would have worked out had Elyot and Amanda not run away together? Specifically, would Elyot and Amanda have been able to reconcile their "private lives" to their new spouses?

3) In your opinion, should Elyot and Amanda ever again attempt to stay together? Support your arguments with specific examples from the script.

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